The XFL is about to kickoff! Us fantasy football addicts now have a fix for the rest of the season (set your league up now!). We already ranked and graded all eight XFL Teams, but if you’re just looking for one specific roster, we’ve got you covered too. Official XFL Depth Charts were released on Thursday, and many had shocking implications. Below, we look at the New York’s depth chart, their Week 1 DraftKings Prices, as well as the coaching staff to give you a complete picture of the Guardians
New York Guardians Preview
Season win total: 4 (-125)
Championship odds: +750
Head Coach: Kevin Gilbride
Offensive Coordinator: George Mangus
Kevin Gilbride has been retired since 2014, but he has a shit load of experience on the offensive side of the ball. From 1987 to 2013, Gilbride was either a quarterbacks coach or an offensive coordinator. Most notably, Gilbride helped defeat Bill Belichick’s Patriots in two Super Bowls as the offensive coordinator of the Giants. If you watched those classic Giants teams, he would do a good job of leaning on the defense to control the clock on the ground, but they always were able to win through the air if necessary. George Mangus comes from the Steve Spurrier tree, so that’s an interesting combo of a balanced attack and the Run N’ Shoot. The Guardians should be balanced with the potential to air it out.
New York Guardians Official Depth Chart & Fantasy names to know:
1) Matt McGloin (Penn State), $9700
Backup: Marquise Williams (UNC)
1) Tim Cook (Oregon St., 30th Overall, RB8), $6100
2) Darius Victor (Towson), $3700
3) Justin Stockton (Texas Tech, 62nd Overall, RB15), $4200
1) Mekale McKay (Cincinnati, 14th Overall, WR7), $9,900
2) Colby Pearson (BYU, Supplemental, $5300)
3) Austin Duke (Supplemental), $3000
Note: DeAngelo Yancey (Purdue, 3rd Overall, WR2) & Tanner Gentry (Wyoming, 19th Overall, WR11 ) were high Draft Picks placed on IR.
TE: Jake Powell
The former Nittany Lion, Matt McGloin is the clear starter here at quarterback. He was a solid player in college and was then forced into starting for the Raiders for a bit. He’s not going to “wow” anyone with his arm or his athleticism, but he’ll be more than happy to throw the ball deep and into coverage. He chucked 3 TDs and 2 INTs in a preseason half, suggesting he’s able and willing to whip it all over.
(Still – people forget Marquise Williams started over Mitch Trubisky at North Carolina, which is why Trubisky only started one year in college before being a top draft pick, lol)
This running back core feels a bit meh, led by Tim Cook and Justin Stockton. Cook should get the early down work and could be the bruiser of Gilbride’s offense, ala Brandon Jacobs. Meanwhile, Darius Victor‘s ascension to No.2 is noteworthy, and rumors have him splitting reps with the ones quite evenly. Gilbride utilized an RBBC often with the Giants, and Victor may just be his Ahmad Bradshaw style pass catcher. He warrants late round consideration now. Nonetheless, Cook has Draft Capital on his side, and should be the TD breadwinner here, albeit in an underwhelming “on paper” roster.
The 6’5″ Mekale McKay has turned some heads during the scrimmages and should be the team’s clear-cut No. 1 WR. At Cincy, he caught 87 balls for 1,717 yards and 17 touchdowns. He recently played in the AAF, where he led the league in Red Zone targets and finished third in TDs. He should have a major RZ presence and, after the team lost two of their top-three WR selections in minicamp, is the unanimous target hog here. To reinforce this point, Gilbride listed McKay as the “Starting X” WR, a role where Plaxico Burress feasted on Red Zone looks. Treat McKay as a Top-Three XFL Fantasy WR. Also of note: Colby Pearson caught a 76-yard touchdown in the team’s final scrimmage.
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